Wyoming’s Pro-Gun Stance Unlikely to Shift as U.S. Senate Advances Gun Control Legislation in the Wake of Texas Mass Shooting

As the U.S. Senate moves to pass the first gun control measure in decades in the wake of the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in May, Wyoming could be one of the last states to embrace heightened restrictions on firearm ownership as it remains one of the most pro-gun states in the country. 

Senate negotiators on Tuesday announced that they have reached final agreement on a bipartisan gun safety bill and that they have enough votes to pass it. In a joint statement, the senators said the bill “will save lives and will not infringe on any law-abiding American’s Second Amendment rights.”  

The bill includes expanded background checks for prospective gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21 while incentivizing states that provide access to previously sealed juvenile records. In addition, it expands the law on preventing those convicted of domestic abuse from owning firearms. 

The proposal also would incentivize states enacting so-called “red flag” laws, which allow law enforcement to obtain court orders to seize guns from those considered dangerous to themselves or others…

“Wyoming law allows a school district to train staff to be armed, and there has never been a school shooting in a school that allows armed staff,” Mark Jones, legislative director for Wyoming with the Gun Owners of America, told the Wyoming Truth. “Debate should be about why aren’t we protecting our schools and giving them the same level of protection that we give our politicians.”